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8 Superfoods for Diabetes [Slideshow]

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Diabetes affects approximately 30 million people in the United States, and around 7.2 million have not been diagnosed. Despite being a disease that can be managed, it has claimed countless lives. Diabetes was responsible for 1.6 million deaths in 2016, and since has continued to affect the health of many.

Part of the treatment for diabetes includes lifestyle changes pertaining to diet. Consuming superfoods are hearty support for treating diabetes. Take a look at these superfoods that might just save the day.

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Leafy Greens 

Leafy greens like spinach, cabbage, and kale are all beneficial for those with diabetes. These greens pack a fibrous punch, along with antioxidants, vitamins, and other components that help to balance blood sugar.

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Chia Seeds

A study published by the British Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that chia seeds blocked the development of dyslipidemia and insulin resistance in entirety. Even animals whose diet consisted of 65% sugar saw a decline in blood sugar levels. In the same study, chia seeds enabled the full recovery of rats with diabetic conditions. 

Risk: If you are taking blood thinners, consult with a physician before adding chia seeds as they are a natural blood thinner themselves.  

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Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is the leanest and less fatty of yogurt varieties, and clinical studies suggest that lactic acid bacteria are beneficial for glycemic control. Greek yogurt can also help to manage hunger, alter gut hormone response, and regulate metabolism, which all help to fight diabetes. 

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Olive Oil 

When served extra virgin, olive oil can help to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol related to diabetes. It's a beneficial fat that can help to repair damage in the blood that leads to diabetes and overall insulin resistance. 

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Garlic 

Garlic is another fantastic device in reducing blood sugar levels due to its high concentrations of Vitamins. This superfood plays a positive role in total cholesterol and lipoprotein regulation

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Strawberries

Strawberries contain a high level of vitamin C and magnesium, which is said to improve insulin resistance. They are considered low-glycemic and can help reduce blood pressure. 

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Salmon

This superfood can both help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes, as well as slow the overall effects. It's also recommended for those with diabetes to lower their risk of developing kidney disease.

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Eggs 

A study demonstrates that eating eggs could improve  blood glucose levels in those with diabetes. Their high contents of healthy fats help to support healthy cholesterol levels, and they come recommended by the American Diabetes Association as protein to battle diabetes. 

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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